Jordan A Hachtel

Jordan A Hachtel


Current Research Interests:

I am interested in the optical and electronic behavior of nanoscale structures, from both experimental and theoretical perspectives. For experiment, I use cathodoluminescence and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) within a scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) to study complex plasmonic systems, multi-component heterostructures, and optoelectronics. Additionally, I use highresolution imaging and EELS in an aberration-corrected STEM to analyze atomic scale effects in commercial solid devices. For theory, I use first principles calculations as well as simulations and numerical analysis to model and analyze the dielectric response of nanostructures.

Appointments Held:

  • 2011 – Current Research Assistant, Vanderbilt University
  • 2011 – 2012 Teaching Assistant, Vanderbilt University
  • 2006 – 2008 Undergraduate Research Assistant, University of Colorado at Boulder


  • 2011 – In Pursuit Doctor of Philosophy in Physics, Vanderbilt University
  • 2003 – 2008 Bachelor of Arts in Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • 2003 – 2008 Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics, University of Colorado at Boulder


  • 2015, Microscopy & Microanalysis 2015 Presidential Scholar Award
  • 2015, Best Oral Presentation at 2015 TN-SCORE Annual Conference
  • 2015 – Current,  Member of the Materials Research Society
  • 2013 – Current,  Member of the American Physical Society
  • 2012 – 20013 VSVS (Vanderbilt Students Volunteer for Science), Participant and Team Leader, Vanderbilt University
  • 2008, Dean’s List in Spring Semester, College of Arts and Sciences at University of Colorado at Boulder
  • 2007 – 2008,  Dean’s List in Fall Semester 2007 and Spring Semester 2008, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at University of Colorado at Boulder
  • 2005, Honorable Mention: Mathematical Contest in Modeling, Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications
  • 2004 – 2007,  Member of the Society of Physics Students at University of Colorado at Boulder


See attached CV for publications.

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